Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a variety of red or purple pigments containing ferric oxide, found in natural earth or made by chemical methods.
  • n. The colour of Indian red pigment: a variety of dark, purplish reds.
  • adj. Having the colour of Indian red pigment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See Almagra.
  • n. See under Indian, and Almagra.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a reddish-brown color resembling the red soil used as body paint by American Indians
  • n. a red pigment composed in part from ferric oxide which is often used in paints and cosmetics
  • n. a red soil containing ferric oxide; often used as a pigment

Etymologies

1672 pigment, c. 1810–27 colour and adjective. Indian + red, the pigment originally being an earth obtained from the East Indies. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Overhead it was a deep Indian red and starless, and south-eastward it grew brighter to a glowing scarlet where, cut by the horizon, lay the huge hull of the sun, red and motionless.

    The Time Machine

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